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A Universal History: History through the Symbolic Lens | with Richard Rohlin

A Universal History: History through the Symbolic Lens | with Richard Rohlin

I interview Richard Rohlin, philologist and co-host of the Amon Sûl podcast. We talk about the “universal history” – ancient people understood themselves to part of fundamentally the same world approachable through different identities and particularities in time. The modern world has lost this natural coherence and instead sees identity and narrative as tyrannical and/or arbitrary. Richard and I talk about hagiography, the Middle Ages as our cultural backdrop, synchronism and how we can rediscover a shared and coherent narrative by understanding historical events symbolically.

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Montero and WandaVision: How Satanism Functions

Montero and WandaVision: How Satanism Functions

In today’s video I discuss the symbolic coherence in Lil Nas X’s controversial music video titled Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and Marvel Studios’ miniseries WandaVision. These timely productions make use of powerful and coherent symbolic imagery that can help us better understand what Satanism and witchcraft are and exactly how they subvert their narrative source: a broken Christianity.

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Monkey Man | The Emergence of Chimeras in Our Culture

Monkey Man | The Emergence of Chimeras in Our Culture

In this video we look at the meaning of hybrids: mixtures between categories of identity. With emerging technologies it’s become possible to artificially create hybrids of different types of animals, or even to interbreed between humans and animals. A recent development at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California has sparked public debate given their experimentation with a monkey-human hybrid embryo. The ancient word for such a hybrid is chimera. Like the sphinx and cherubim these mixed beings indicate a breakdown and confusion of identity and act as a buffer between existence and non-existence. What can the (quite literal) emergence of chimeras tell us about the state of our world today?

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